Notable San Francisco: 1/21–1/27

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Wednesday 1/21: Miranda July reads from and discusses her first novel, The First Bad Man (Free, 7 p.m., Bookshop Santa Cruz).

The Hundy continues with a reading by Small Press Distribution staff: Laura Moriarty, Johnny Hernandez, Nicole Trigg, John Sakkis, and Brent Cunningham (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

Red Light Lit presents Psycho, their seventh publication, with readings by contributors including William Taylor Jr., Sarah Kobrinsky, Tomas Moniz, Steven Gray, and Xan Roberti ($10, 7:30 p.m., Viracocha).

The first Lyrics & Dirges of the year features Cassandra Dallett, Deborah K. Steinberg, and first-time-ever open mic readers (Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown). – Wonder Dave

Smack Dab Open Mic features Daniel LéVesque (Free, 8 p.m., Magnet).

Thursday 1/22: Part of The Hundy, readings by Olive Blackburn, Elaine Kahn, Sara Wintz, and Turner Capehart Canty (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

The first State of the City Forum this year has a focus on displacement and homelessness (Free, 7 p.m., Modern Times).

Catamaran celebrates the release of issue 8 with readings by Wallace Baine, Christian Kiefer, Octavio Solis, and Charles Hood (Free, 7 p.m., Bookshop Santa Cruz).

Roof Books launches new titles by Brandon Brown and James Sherry (Free, 7 p.m., Studio One Art Center).

Friday 1/23: Lit Camp’s The Basement Series presents Mark Morford and Zarina Zabrisky reading on the theme Broken Resolutions: When Good Intentions Go Bad, along with five emerging writers they selected to join them ($5-10, 7 p.m., Sports Basement).

Amy’s Kitchen Organics curates a reading for The Hundy, featuring Cortney Cassidy, Carolyn Ferrucci, Sarah Griff, and Kristina Ten (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

Nayomi Munaweera reads from and discusses her debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors (Free, 7 p.m., Books Inc. Alameda).

The 13th annual Poets Theater presents eleven short plays by the likes of Gloria Frym, Will Alexander, and Tom Comitta with Yume Kim and Amy Berkowitz ($15-25, 7 p.m., Omni Oakland Commons).

Monk Books is in town, presents readings by Lonely Christopher, Bianca Stone, Alina Gregorian, and Matthew Zapruder (Free, 7 p.m., Adobe Books).

Saturday 1/24: Rolling Writers presents Landscapes, with Shane Alejandro Bendaña, Emily Kiernan, Maisha Z. Johnson, Matt Pine, Deborah K. Steinberg, and Siamak Vossoughi (Free, 6:30 p.m., Rolling-Out).

The Hundy presents a double-header, part one featuring Harold Abramowitz, Amanda Ackerman, Kit Robinson, Monica Mody, and Carrie Hunter (Free, 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

Part two of The Hundy double-header: Dusty Vogt, Andrea Marina, Mai Doan, Lara DarkLight Durback, Andrea Abi-Karam, and Jess Balitrónica (Free, 8:30 p.m., E.M. Wolfman).

The second night of Poets Theater features the world premiere of a play by Kevin Killian and Tanya Hollis ($15-25, 7 p.m., Little Boxes Theater).

Sunday 1/25: Porchlight presents Fake It til You Make It, part of SF Sketchfest, with Derrick Brown, Ophira Eisenberg, Shelley McLendon, Frank Portman, and Phoebe Robinson ($20, 8 p.m., Verdi Club).

Poetry Flash presents Ambush Review, with readings by David Beckman, Sharon Coleman, Charles Entrekin, Grace Marie Grafton, Katherine Hastings, Joseph Noble, Linda Norton, and Angelo Sakkis (Free, 3 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore).

Heart’s Desire presents Elaine Kahn, Trisha Low, and Laura Moriarty (Free, 7 p.m., Omni Oakland Commons).

Monday 1/27: Wendy Lesser reads from and discusses Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books (Free, 7 p.m., Book Passage Corte Madera).

Bay Area Generations returns to San Francisco with the following pairings: Charlie Getter + Clyde Always, Nancy Wakeman + Stephen Kopel, Jon Sindell + Colleen McKee, Raluca Ioanid + Ellen Woods, and Sean Taylor + Peter Bullen ($5, 7 p.m., Hotel Rex).

A night of comedy with Janine Brito, performing with Natasha Muse and Ivan Hernandez ($5, 8:30 p.m., Doc’s Lab).

Tuesday 1/27: Michelle Tea reads from and discusses her memoir, How to Grow Up (Free, 7:30 p.m., Books Inc. Castro).

Karen E. Bender reads from and discusses her collection of stories, Refund (Free, 7 p.m., Books Inc. Opera Plaza).

The Booksmith presents An Evening with Patton Oswalt and Silver Screen Fiend ($35-42, 7:30 p.m., Roxie Theatre).

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Videos and reviews from some of last week’s notables: Bernal Yoga Literary Series (Siamak Vossoughi, Fernando Meisenhalter, Deborah K. Steinberg, MK Chavez); David Calonne on Henry Miller; Under the Influence (Jon Sindell, rex leonowicz, Lael Gold, Elizabeth Feder, Raina J. León).

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This week’s featured local author is Kevin Simmonds (click here to read an interview):


Evan Karp is the founder and executive director of Quiet Lightning and the founding editor of Litseen. He writes literary columns for the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, and SF/Arts. More from this author →